- Ray of Light
In The Sky
the release of Madonnas self-titled album in 1982, she
was asked what her for the future was, she replied, "To
conquer the world!" She obviously has been able to do
that for 16 years. Through her experience as a lyricist and
singer, she has been a successful businesswoman, as well.
With every album that she has done, there has always been
controversy surrounding her. Her second album, Like A Virgin,
started it all with her proclamation as being a Boy Toy and
a Material Girl. She was immediately viewed as a sex object
then, and it remains today because she continues to use that
business tactic, knowing that sexuality does sell. However,
the controversy surrounding this album doesnt deal with
sex; it deals with the style of music that she used around
her lyrics: techno/electronica. When I first heard this album,
I thought that every song sounded the same. I told this to
my friend, and she replied, "Yeah, but I bought the album
out of respect." I thought about that, realizing I felt
the same way. I bought the album shortly after my first listening.
I played the
album over and over until I could find what made me love it,
what made it Madonna. Not only is it as my friend says, you
have to "respect" her for always trying something
new, but it was her visual lyrics that got to me. I have heard
people say that her writing has changed because she is a mother
now, but I dont think thats entirely true. People
change in time, thus maturing. She is still singing about
sexuality as before, but this time, it is a bit more subtle.
For example, in "Candy Perfume Girl," I think it
is a celebration of oral sex, "Young velvet porcelain
boy/ Devour me when youre with me."
The song, "Skin,"
has to be my favorite on the album. I mean, you dont
know how many times I have thought these next lines when Im
dealing with a new love: "Do I know you from somewhere/
Why do you leave me wanting more/ Why do all the things I
say/ Sound like the stupid things I said before/.../ Put your
hand on my skin." Madonna has become more delicate with
the language, making me respect her even more.
I think this
album is the best written lyrically; its very colorful
and brilliant, like a "Ray of Light."